NEW YORK (AP) -Stephon Marbury missed the Knicks' game against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night, and the team has said he can take as much time as he needs following the death of his father.
Marbury's father, Donald, died on Dec. 2 after being taken from Madison Square Garden to a hospital because of chest pains. Stephon Marbury missed one game, then returned the day after his father's funeral.
He hasn't been effective in either game since. He scored two points in 13 minutes of a loss at Philadelphia on Friday, then had six in 24 minutes at home against the 76ers on Saturday.
That game was particularly tough, since it came in the last place his father saw him play.
``During the pregame you could tell that emotionally he was a wreck,'' Knicks coach Isiah Thomas said. ``Sitting in his locker before the game, then when they did the moment of the silence at the start of the game. I just think it was too emotional for him.
``I asked him if he really thought that he could do this and if he wanted to play. He kept insisting that he wanted to and this would be good for him. At the start of the game I just wished him luck and told him to go after it.''
Marbury, who also missed a game last month when he left the team after feuding with Thomas over a move to the bench, is averaging 13.4 points.
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